Dalbello Lupo Pro Ski Boot 2022 – 2023 | Review

The Dalbello Lupo Pro offers maximum downhill precision combined with ultra-efficient uphill performance to create the ultimate ski touring boot

Why we chose the Dalbello Lupo Pro: Maximum power, decent walk mode (without tongues), race-like last

Flex: 130
Last: 98mm
ROM: 67 degrees
Binding Compatibility: Gripwalk
Weight (per boot): 1,835g (uphill), 1,990g (downhill)
Price: $799


Suitable for the feet of the most adventurous freeride skiers who require an ultra-high performing downhill ski boot, and who also want a boot that can offer the best touring specs in the same package. 98mm last means the Lupo sits amongst the narrowest on the market for touring boots. It’s suitable for a skier wanting a snug, well performing, fit and also skiers with narrower feet. Also coming in at a 130 flex when in ski mode, the boot guarantees maximum power transmission for advanced/expert level skiers when in the powder. 

But let’s talk about uphill for a moment, because that’s where this boot shines. 

As part of the three piece design adopted by the Lupo Pro, the separate tongue provides easy entry as well as a much less distorted flex pattern. But – most importantly, as the tongue is simply detached with one hand – it opens the range of movement significantly when hiking. The tongue can then be thrown into a backpack which reduces weight on the foot, and generally makes the strides significantly easier.

Out of the box, there is no doubt that the Lupo is a narrow, performance fitting boot. That being said, I also suspect the target audience for this boot will not be foreign to a snugger fitting ski boot. Dalbello have used a malleable polyamide shell which can be moulded and stretched in local areas of the foot to reduce pressure points, something which will make those longer touring missions comfier.

Dalbello’s use of their Contour 4 technology delivers comfort, precision and control of a close fitting low volume boot. It does this by anatomically moulding a little extra space into the inside wall of the shell across the common areas of discomfort in a ski boot.

The result of this attention to detail is a boot comfortable out of the box thanks to this advanced technology that’s been integrated into the boot. It reduces the need for specialist work, by a professional boot fitter, to be carried out. The ID liner being the only reason for a visit, these boots come with the potential to be fully thermo formable within 10 minutes. These liners are the same found in other boots in Dalbello’s line up, and provide the highest insulation at the lowest weight.

If you are looking to take your touring set-up to the next level then you should look no further than the Dalbello Lupo Pro. Thanks to the three piece ‘Cabrio’ design of the shell, paired with the elegant removal of the tongue when touring, this boot sits apart from its competitors on the market. The daunting thought of squeezing feet into snug fitting boots on cold early mornings before a ski touring mission, has never been made to look so un-daunting. It’s all thanks to the personalisation this boot has to offer. 

Power: 10/10
Touring: 7/10
Weight: 7/10

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